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Elite exponents of the politics of fear are deliberately exaggerating the terrorist threat of QAnon to spread alarm across the US

10 10 28

Michelle Cottle, who is a member of the New York Times editorial board, recently highlighted an example of the favourite conspiracy theory peddled by the mainstream US media. Her opinion piece, ‘Don’t Let QAnon Bully Congress’, comes with the warning that “steps must be taken to safeguard the seat of government.”

Cottle, like many of her colleagues, is devoted to a conspiracy theory that evokes an over-the-top drama about a supposedly insurrectionary threat posed by members of QAnon. Citing the acting chief of the Capitol Police, who has warned that extremists are talking about blowing up the Capitol during President Biden’s first address to a joint meeting of Congress, she pleads for more security.

The threat posed by the influence of the fringe conspiracy theory of QAnon has been seized upon by elite practitioners of the politics of fear to promote a mood of alarmism and insecurity. There is no data on QAnon, or on the numbers of its insurrectionary members. Cottle’s alarming scenario of a “lunatic fringe” dreaming of a “bigger, bloodier encore” has been memed into existence by so-called terrorism experts, think tank operatives and, of course, members of the editorial board of the New York Times.

The recently invented narrative about the threat posed by QAnon casually portrays this movement as a synthesis of........

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